Philip, 1741

1741 (Stow) –

Philip Pitman was baptised in Stow on 27 December 1741. His father was Ambrose Pitman, but his mother was not named in the register, and we do not know the name of Ambrose’s wife. We have been unable to find anything further about Philip in Gloucestershire, but believe he may have moved to London.

The British Lying-In Hospital in which Philips son was borncourtesy Wellcome Library, London

The British Lying-In Hospital in which Philip’s son was born
an 18th century engraving by J S Miller
courtesy Wellcome Library, London

In June 1766, Philip Pitman married Ann Blount at St Botolph Without Aldersgate, and the couple went on to have children named Millicent Phoebe and Ambrose. These names suggested to us a link with Stow, and we have tried researching the family looking for evidence to prove or disprove this idea, but so far to no avail. However, what we have established so far is as follows. ‘Millecent Phebe’ was born in August 1769 and baptised at St Sepulchre, Holborn, on 3 January 1770. The birth and baptism of her brother Ambrose are recorded in more detail as they took place at the British Lying-in Hospital in Brownlow Street, Holborn*. He was born on 6 March 1774, and baptised four days later, Ann was in the hospital for about three weeks before the birth and three weeks afterwards and, most helpfully for us, Philip was described as a tailor.

Learning Philip’s occupation has helped us to trace him in London Poll Books, and given us the latest sighting we have of him, in 1788, living in Grosvenor Street Westminster. We have no idea what became of Philip and his family after this.

Marriage:
Ann Blount     16 June 1766     London (St Botolph Without Aldersgate)

Children:
Millicent Phoebe     1770 –
Ambrose                   1774 –

*   The British Lying-In Hospital in Brownlow Street was the first of several established in London in the mid-eighteenth century. It had twenty beds and was specifically for married women, usually the wives of skilled tradesmen or soldiers (other occupations mentioned on Ann’s page in the register include shoemaker, stonemason, carpenter, coachman and clerk). The hospital was a charitable instiution and women had to be recommended by a subscriber. The charitable nature is shown in J S Miller’s engraving, where the figures on the right represent Britannia, Providence, Piety and Plenty.